It's official. Madison Bumgarner is now a Diamondback.
Two days after word leaked that Bumgarner would sign a five-year, $85 million deal with the NL West rival, the Diamondbacks announced one of the biggest additions in their franchise history.
The Giants did not want to send out a statement about Bumgarner while they waited for him to pass a physical and sign his contract, but they finally released one on Tuesday afternoon:
"We thank Madison for all that he has given to the Giants and the Bay Area community and we are deeply grateful for the success, excitement and memories he created over a remarkable 11-year period in a Giants uniform. He played a leading role in all three of the Giants’ World Series championships this decade, but none as memorable as his performance in 2014. We will always cherish his epic 2014 postseason run when he earned both NLCS and World Series MVP honors by carrying the team and all of Giants nation toward a third and historic world championship. He will be forever recognized as one of the greatest pitchers in the 138-year history of the Giants. We wish him and his wife, Ali, all the best as they continue their baseball journey. He is truly a forever Giant."
The Giants also sent out a tribute video, including many of Bumgarner's postseason highlights and a few of his 19 career home runs.
The Diamondbacks, who quickly responded, are having some fun with all of this:
We'll take good care of him, we promise. 😊— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 17, 2019
Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, Bumgarner will continue to wear No. 40.
It's...it's beautiful. 😍 pic.twitter.com/hi8GQxKJKG— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) December 17, 2019